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Environmental group against Mounds reservoir plan

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Another environmental group has come out against plans for a new seven-mile long reservoir in central Indiana, citing concerns about damage to Mounds State Park.

A regional chapter of the Audubon Society says the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir would hurt the natural environment near Anderson by flooding at least one-third of the park known for earthworks built by American Indians more than 2,000 years ago.

Chapter president Sarah McKillip told The Herald Bulletin that the reservoir would destroy the park's nature preserve and submerge hiking trails along the White River.

An environmental study is being conducted for the 2,100-acre lake that's estimated to cost about $400 million. The state has provided a $600,000 grant to study the project.

Project advocates say the reservoir could boost tourism and help relieve the impact of floods and drought in the area.

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  • Fen is irreplaceable
    The Mounds Fen Nature Preserve is irreplaceable if destroyed. It is a natural gem that cannot be replicated by man. We need to save it for future generations.
  • Not the same thing
    Lakes and mounds are not in fact the same. One is a hole filled with water. The other is a hill made of dirt.
  • Build the Reservoir
    This is a win-win for the people of central Indiana---What beats a lake to provide home sites, recreation, walking paths, lovely landscaping along with the Mounds which will see far more visitors than before! Will help the economy also!
  • IndianMounds was ManMade
    I agree...the Indian mounds was man made by the Indians...so why can't we make a reservoir that is man made? Seems like the same thing.
    • For Anderson
      The proposed reservoir would be a much needed boost for Anderson. Hope to see it happen.
    • the good of the many outweighs the good of the few
      This sounds like a lot of gibberish. Mounds area is an area of Indian mounds, keep them safe, but trails on the White River, how many people can use them or do use them. A reservoir would expand the trails with nature trails around it, parks, boating, fishing, wildlife, birds, animals, etc. The economic and social need is great.

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